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The Suranaree University Of Technology – Mobile Examination Unit (Sut-Meu), S Chansilp Jan 2006

The Suranaree University Of Technology – Mobile Examination Unit (Sut-Meu), S Chansilp

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This paper presents an online testing tool that may help extend flexible delivery for quality education. The Suranaree University of Technology – Mobile Examination Unit (SUT-MEU) is an alternative tool which offers an online test unit previously not available to educational institutes. SUT-MEU can be used by teachers to compose exams and grade exams, test proctors to set up the test server and students to sit exams. Both strongly encrypted exam file and public-key encrypted exam result file can be stored and transferred safely when the test needs to be set up elsewhere off campus and thus is designed to facilitate ...


The Development Of The Collaborative Intelligent Computer-Assisted Instruction Model Using Computer Network (Cicai Model), W Arreerard, S Sanrach, M Tiantong Jan 2006

The Development Of The Collaborative Intelligent Computer-Assisted Instruction Model Using Computer Network (Cicai Model), W Arreerard, S Sanrach, M Tiantong

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The purpose of this research was to construct the CICAI model, to develop the lessons based on the CICAI model, to compare the achievement of students who learned with the developed lessons to students who had a regular class and to survey the satisfaction of students with the developed lessons, and 5) assess a thinking-skill process after learning with the developed lessons. The research instruments used were five rating-scale questionnaire and achievement test. The sample subjects were ten experts and sixty students. The research statistics used were mean, standard deviation and t-test. Results of the research were as follows: According ...


Augmenting Postgraduate Student Problem-Solving Ability By The Use Of Critical Thinking Exercises, M N. Johnstone Jan 2006

Augmenting Postgraduate Student Problem-Solving Ability By The Use Of Critical Thinking Exercises, M N. Johnstone

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This paper describes the results of a research programme whose focus was critical thinking and explores how information technology (IT) postgraduate students model problems. Some results from the programme show that IT students appear to improve their problem-solving ability by undertaking structured critical thinking exercises. An AC Nielsen survey commissioned by DETYA in 2000 sought to gauge employer satisfaction with graduates using a variety of methods including questionnaires, focus groups and in-depth interviews. A key finding was that ‗the skills employers consider to be most important in graduates are creativity and flair, enthusiasm and the capacity for independent and critical ...


World Class Curriculum – On A Budget, S Ping Ping Maj, B N. Tran Jan 2006

World Class Curriculum – On A Budget, S Ping Ping Maj, B N. Tran

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Universities must compete in an increasingly difficult global market place. In order to successfully do so they must identify and profile market segments in order to achieve a unique selling position. Partnering may provide only part of the solution. The Cisco Network Academy Program (CNAP) is the world‘s largest network curriculum developed at an initial cost of US$75 million. There are advantages to becoming a Cisco academy such as access to on-line curriculum and low cost equipment. However, with over 10,000 Cisco academies world wide it is difficult to achieve a marketing advantage. Cisco provides low cost ...


Technical Education 2020 In Singapore: Better Quality, Higher Performance And More Choices Through A Market Approach, Tiew Ming Yek Jan 2006

Technical Education 2020 In Singapore: Better Quality, Higher Performance And More Choices Through A Market Approach, Tiew Ming Yek

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This article aims to create a vision for technical education in Singapore in the year 2020, and the likely outcomes in terms of quality, performance and choice. Singapore is today one of the world‘s most globalised nations and it has achieved notable economic success. The current technical education system with the Institute of Technical Education (ITE) as the principal provider can be considered highly successful after more than 40 years of development. By analysing the evolution of a contemporary governance model employed by ITE and juxtaposing it with growing global trends in school choice, privatisation and marketisation, there is ...


E-Learning 2.0: New Frontier For Student Empowerment, William Renner Jan 2006

E-Learning 2.0: New Frontier For Student Empowerment, William Renner

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Second generation web applications (Web 2.0) are transforming elearning and opening new frontiers for learner empowerment, control and engagement. New online technologies allow individuals to filter and control existing content (aggregation), easily create new content (personal publishing) and rapidly communicate, inform and distribute this information with peers through online social networking services. Learners are able to construct highly personalized learning environments, assembled from a very large range of tools available on the internet, including blogs, wikis, podcasts and social bookmarking sites. Together the technical and social advances which characterize this change may even constitute a paradigm shift, which some ...


Lecturer Receptivity To A Major Planned Educational Change At Rajabhat Universities In Thailand, Anusak Ketusiri, Russell F. Waugh Jan 2006

Lecturer Receptivity To A Major Planned Educational Change At Rajabhat Universities In Thailand, Anusak Ketusiri, Russell F. Waugh

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Thailand passed the National Education Act (1999) which introduced the largest educational change there in over 50 years. This study investigated lecturer receptivity to that change at four Rajabhat Universities in the second year of the implementation stage during 2002. Lecturer receptivity was conceptualised as relating to nine aspects of the change. Data were collected by questionnaire (N=659) with 50 stem-items answered in three perspectives. These were (1) how I expect the change to be planned, (2) how I think the change was really implemented, and (3) what my actual behaviour was. Data were analysed with a Rasch measurement ...


What Effects Does Peer Group Study Have On Students’ Learning In Commerce Mathematics? A Case Study Of Diverse Ethnic Learning, Crystal Chun Yun Lau Jan 2006

What Effects Does Peer Group Study Have On Students’ Learning In Commerce Mathematics? A Case Study Of Diverse Ethnic Learning, Crystal Chun Yun Lau

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Nowadays collaborative learning (CL) has been widely known as the most effective form of learning. Yet, despite all the studies and anecdotal experiences reported by teachers and researchers, the paradigm remains largely unused in university contexts. CL is a philosophy that encompasses all elements of group work and learning situations where students cooperate in order to accomplish a specific learning objective. It is a philosophy that fits in today's globalized world and provides an opportunity for students to become better citizens of the world. CL provides the mechanism for students to interact positively with people who think differently, not ...


Cultural Adaptation: A Case Study Of Asian Students’ Learning Experiences At A New Zealand University, Mingsheng Li, Jacqui Campbell Jan 2006

Cultural Adaptation: A Case Study Of Asian Students’ Learning Experiences At A New Zealand University, Mingsheng Li, Jacqui Campbell

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More than eighty-five percent of international students in New Zealand are Asian in origin. The level of satisfaction of Asian international students with their learning experiences in New Zealand has been of enormous concern for the New Zealand export education industry. The results of this current research, based on a qualitative research approach conducted at a New Zealand tertiary institution, provide a critical summary of some important and yet challenging issues in teaching Asian students. This study found that Asian students were overall satisfied with their learning experiences at the university in terms of educational quality and programme offering. Asian ...


Bringing Teaching To Life: Using Multimedia To Engage And Empower Students, Nonofo Losike-Sedimo Jan 2006

Bringing Teaching To Life: Using Multimedia To Engage And Empower Students, Nonofo Losike-Sedimo

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The perspective taken in this paper is that technology is a powerful tool for aiding in university instruction but not as an end in itself. Therefore, institutions can use it to empower and engage students for intellectual, emotional, social and economic development. The paper presents the results of a study on the impact of simulations and virtual reality on university students‘ achievement and their attitude. These are then discussed in the context of specific media characteristics. The researcher used a mixed method design and examined hypotheses for effect as well as analysed qualitative data for stated assumptions. The underlying theory ...


The Application Of Genre Theory To Improve Academic English Writing Courses, Karmolnad Malakul, Margaret Bowering Jan 2006

The Application Of Genre Theory To Improve Academic English Writing Courses, Karmolnad Malakul, Margaret Bowering

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The development of academic writing skills in English has recently become a global priority. However, these courses, where they exist at all, usually adopt an out-dated approach. This paper seeks to redress this by giving an example of a research program, where current linguistic theory was blended with an awareness of local conditions to good effect in terms of student outcomes. In this case what is known as genre theory was applied to the teaching of basic scientific report writing to final year science students at Pibulsongkram Rajabhat University. According to genre theory, as interpreted by the Australian School of ...


Mission (Im-)Possible? Increasing The Participation Of Female Students In University Computing Courses, Iwona Miliszewska, Anne Venables, Grace Tan Jan 2006

Mission (Im-)Possible? Increasing The Participation Of Female Students In University Computing Courses, Iwona Miliszewska, Anne Venables, Grace Tan

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In 1990 the Australian Federal government set a target for a 40% enrolment rate of females in all non-traditional areas of study including computer science. In view of this target, the low enrolment of females in computer science at Victoria University is a persisting concern: enrolment rates have continued to decline from 30% in the early 1990s to less than 20% in recent years, despite significant attempts to arrest the decline by introducing annual student recruitment events such as school visits, career nights, and University Open Days. This suggested that the issue of encouraging females to study computing needed to ...


The Integration Of Professional Communication Skills Into Engineering Education, Dorthy Missingham Jan 2006

The Integration Of Professional Communication Skills Into Engineering Education, Dorthy Missingham

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Conventional Engineering curriculum is strongly focused on the development in students of technical knowledge and skills. However, in recent years, employers have increasingly acknowledged that this traditional preparation of Engineering students‘ is inadequate, as graduates lack the wide range of written and spoken communication skills required to engage with members of other professional groups and with the broader community. Recognition of the important role that communicative competence plays in professional success within the engineering industry has, as a result, led to a number of tertiary institutions developing curricula to address these needs. This paper presents a successful integrative Engineering Communication ...


The Utilization Of Portfolio In The Teaching/Learning On Seminar In Issues And Trends In Nursing Profession Subject, Pinya Noophakdee, Chonggol Surasvadi, Pongrat Ratanathai Jan 2006

The Utilization Of Portfolio In The Teaching/Learning On Seminar In Issues And Trends In Nursing Profession Subject, Pinya Noophakdee, Chonggol Surasvadi, Pongrat Ratanathai

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The objectives of this study were to compare the students‘ attitudes towards portfolios in Teaching and Learning, abilities in clinical problem-solving before and after seminar, determine the relationship of students‘ abilities in seminar between their peer groups‘ and the instructors, determine the relationship of students‘ seminar report writing abilities as evaluated by the instructors and themselves, and to study students‘ abilities on working process. The samples were 80 second-year students in the continuing program. The research tools were composed of 2 scales, 4 assessment forms, and MEQ test. The data were analysed by SPSS/FW program using mean, SD, Paired ...


Project Priyadarshini: Empowering Students And Teachers To Be Agents Of Social Change, Vasundhara Padmanabhan Jan 2006

Project Priyadarshini: Empowering Students And Teachers To Be Agents Of Social Change, Vasundhara Padmanabhan

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Colleges and universities were regarded as ―Ivory Towers‖ kept aloof from the society and its life. But gradually it is being realised that teachers of higher education cannot do justice to their roles and responsibilities if they do not contribute their might to the realization of national goals, fulfilment of their social commitments and be the agents of social change. In our B Ed College, the students are provided opportunities to work with the community in collaboration with NGOs. In addition to this, last year, a concentrated effort was made to empower both the teachers and the student teachers by ...


How Do You Like It? Student Perspectives On Remote E-Learning, Jeremy Pagram, Elaine Rabbitt Jan 2006

How Do You Like It? Student Perspectives On Remote E-Learning, Jeremy Pagram, Elaine Rabbitt

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Edith Cowan University (ECU) is embracing e-learning as its preferred mode of distance education. E-learning has changed the mode, pedagogy and style of learning for distance education students. The convenience of studying online has provided numerous opportunities for remote learners but what is the reality of their educational experience via e-learning? This paper reports on a smallscale research project that examined e-learning from the student‘s perspective. The views of ECU distance education students in Singapore, Thailand, and remote parts of Australia were analysed in order to learn how to better support their needs.


Building Empowered Students: The Perennial Challenge For University Teachers, Patsy Paxton Jan 2006

Building Empowered Students: The Perennial Challenge For University Teachers, Patsy Paxton

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This paper contends that if higher education is to be relevant, then the curriculum must incorporate generic, transferable lifeskills (also referred to as ‗generic graduate attributes‘) in addition to the regular subject content of their specific discipline or programme. There is a general consensus among educationists and business people alike that much of what students learn today won't be true five years from now. However, if they are taught how to take responsibility for their own ideas, how to think and communicate a problem through and how to have a positive can-do attitude, then no matter what subject matter ...


English Learning Support For Working Staff: A Case Study Of Bimonthly Bilingual Posters For Staff Working In An Academic University, Suthee Ploisawaschai Jan 2006

English Learning Support For Working Staff: A Case Study Of Bimonthly Bilingual Posters For Staff Working In An Academic University, Suthee Ploisawaschai

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The purpose of this study was to examine the impacts of providing English learning support for non-academic staff working in King Mongkut‘s University of Technology Thonburi. Staffs working in fields other than academia lack an opportunity to practice English. To do this, a series of bimonthly bilingual poster called KMUTT: I‘m Learning English was proposed. First released in March, the posters appeared twice a month in restrooms and elevators, as well as on the website. They covered such topics as news, fables, and conversations at work, sayings, and trivia. The researcher examined the impacts of this approach by ...


Community-Based English Course In Local Perspectives, Ratchaporn Rattanaphumma Jan 2006

Community-Based English Course In Local Perspectives, Ratchaporn Rattanaphumma

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The paper aims to investigate how a community-based English language course can assist learners in the development of language skills and local cultural knowledge. The samples were 17 undergraduate English major students in Faculty of Education, Rajabhat Rajanagarindra University. The qualitative method was mainly employed in the study. Data were collected through unstructured interviews and participant observation. The strategies used in data analysis were analytic induction and typological analysis. The findings revealed that motivation, experiential learning, and collaboration played significant roles in the process of language and culture learning. The paper also discusses the significance of local perspectives when the ...


Forging Partnerships In Health Care: Process And Measuring Benefits, Cobie Rudd Jan 2006

Forging Partnerships In Health Care: Process And Measuring Benefits, Cobie Rudd

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Universally, there is concern that much academic learning has dealt mainly in theory, removing knowledge from context with a resultant lack of practical experience. Here, the catalyst for strengthening university-community engagement, emanated from a desire to foster greater propensity within students to make connections between their academic courses and responsibility toward the community and people in need, and thus develop enhanced skills in social interaction, teamwork and effectiveness. This paper explores a variety of models of university-community engagement that aim to achieve and model good practice in policy making and planning around healthcare education and service development. Ways of integrating ...


International And Industry Partnerships Building Nursing Capacity In Thailand, Marita Sealey, Cobie Rudd, Christopher Churchouse Jan 2006

International And Industry Partnerships Building Nursing Capacity In Thailand, Marita Sealey, Cobie Rudd, Christopher Churchouse

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A newly formed partnership between Edith Cowan University, the Ministry of Public Health in Thailand, a College of Nursing and two major hospitals in Bangkok is building capacity within Thai Nurses to manage mental health problems and HIV/AIDS. The partnership, funded through the AusAID Public Sector Linkages Program is developing and delivering these training programs in three phases. The first two phases support the development of the curriculum and planning for the course delivery, with Phase 3 being the delivery of a four month certificate course in each of the specialist areas, mental health and HIV/AIDS, to local ...


Mentoring Pre-Service Elementary Teachers In Mathematics Teaching, Peter Hudson, Robert Peard Jan 2006

Mentoring Pre-Service Elementary Teachers In Mathematics Teaching, Peter Hudson, Robert Peard

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Concern with primary teachers‘ content knowledge in mathematics and science has been extensively documented in the literature. Efforts to improve such knowledge require engaging students through new teaching and learning. One such action has been the development of a Foundations Unit, Scientific and Quantitative Literacy, for all first year pre-service primary teacher education students at Queensland University of Technology and the use of mentoring pre-service teachers‘ practical experiences with particular attention to mathematical and scientific components of their teaching. The unit and the approach taken has also been adopted by two Education Institutes in Malaysia in a joint Australia/Malaysia ...


Effects Of Teaching In English At Swedish Universities, Ingrid Johansson, Bosse Jonsson Jan 2006

Effects Of Teaching In English At Swedish Universities, Ingrid Johansson, Bosse Jonsson

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English plays an increasingly important role at Swedish universities but not much is known about its effects on the quality of teaching and learning. Therefore, a large research project which is collaborative and interdisciplinary, crossing language studies in humanities with education, is being planned. One of several aims of the project is to study the consequences of teaching in English on learning and study achievements. A few pre-studies have been carried out in order to develop more detailed research questions. Two of the pre-studies will be presented in this paper. In one of them, ten university teachers with Swedish as ...


The Islamic Azad University And Iran’S Social Development, Ratchaporn Simbar Jan 2006

The Islamic Azad University And Iran’S Social Development, Ratchaporn Simbar

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Higher education in an era of emerging organizational model, being recognized as one of the principal social affairs and a delicate endeavour, can not and should not be left with the government alone. In an attempt to lighten the government‘s responsibility to provide the nation with higher education, Islamic Azad University was established in Iran. With the growing tendencies of Iranian families in making their children enter university along with the soaring demand for higher education, the government itself could not have been able to satisfy the needs. Meanwhile, training and education can be seen as the main factors ...


Iternational Postgraduate Student Experience: How Can We Enhance Transition Management?, K Singh, L Armstrong Jan 2006

Iternational Postgraduate Student Experience: How Can We Enhance Transition Management?, K Singh, L Armstrong

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Within the broad scope of literature addressing the issue of student experience very limited attention has been given to examining the particular issues impacting international students. This paper draws attention to transition as an aspect impacting the international postgraduate (IP) student experience within a School of Computer and Information Science with a high proportion of IP students (65-75%). Literature relating to both, first year experience and international onshore education provided a frame of reference for a pilot survey (N=58) investigating student perceptions and attitudes on choice of study destination; academic orientation, application and coping; future orientation; social integration and ...


An Ontology Based Approach To The Integration Of Heterogeneous Information Systems Supporting Integrated Provincial Administration In Khon Kaen, Thailand, Malee Kabmala, Lampang Manmart, Chaiyaporn Chirathamjaree Jan 2006

An Ontology Based Approach To The Integration Of Heterogeneous Information Systems Supporting Integrated Provincial Administration In Khon Kaen, Thailand, Malee Kabmala, Lampang Manmart, Chaiyaporn Chirathamjaree

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Information systems are a necessity to the administration of organizations. In a recent reform to the Thai administration, the governor of each province is entrusted with the full responsibility for the strategic planning and execution of the Integrated Provincial Administration (IPA). This presents a big challenge and many difficult problems for a potentially fast growing, both economically and demographically, province, such as Khon Kaen. To provide the administrator of the province with reliable and up to date information, the Provincial Operation Centre (POC) has been set up and assigned the task of collecting all required information from disparate information systems ...


Deficiency Of Communication In English A Major Hindrance For Tourist Police In Thailand, Pat K-Romya Jan 2006

Deficiency Of Communication In English A Major Hindrance For Tourist Police In Thailand, Pat K-Romya

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This paper describes a qualitative and quantitative study that sought to investigate the problems Tourist Police officers encounter whilst communicating with foreign tourists in English language in their work. Foreign tourists‘ perceptions of Tourist Police officers' English language competency were explored. Moreover, the language learning strategies that Tourist Police officers usually use were examined, and the administrators and Tourist Police officers‘ requirements for a suitable training program were identified. The findings are discussed and analysed. The outcomes from this study will be considered in the review and development of the professional development programme for Tourist Police.


Empowering Students’ Learning Achievement Through Project-Based Learning As Perceived By Electrical Instructors And Students, Anuvat Tongsakul, Kalaynee Jitgarun Jan 2006

Empowering Students’ Learning Achievement Through Project-Based Learning As Perceived By Electrical Instructors And Students, Anuvat Tongsakul, Kalaynee Jitgarun

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Purposes of this research were to find out factors empowering electrical students‘ learning achievement through Project-Based Learning (PBL) as perceived by instructors‘ and students‘ opinions. The sample chosen for this study were 247 electrical power instructors at vocational education institutes and 161 electrical students in the 3 rd and 4th year who were studying in the 1st semester of academic year 2006 at Electrical Education Department, Faculty of Industrial Education and Technology, King Mongkut‘s University of Technology Thonburi by using simple random sampling. The instrument used for data collection was 7 rating scales questionnaire. The reliability of the instrument ...


The Effects Of A Brain Development-Based Maternal Training Package (Bdbmtp) On Parenting Techniques And Preschool Child Development, Anchalee Tunsiri Jan 2006

The Effects Of A Brain Development-Based Maternal Training Package (Bdbmtp) On Parenting Techniques And Preschool Child Development, Anchalee Tunsiri

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Background: The early years of life are crucial in shaping long term outcomes for children. The research consistently demonstrates that families have the greatest impact on the young. In this research traditional parenting is compared with parenting skills developed with an understanding of recent neurobiological research and its understanding of child development. These new parenting skills are taught through the training programme named BDB-MTP (Brain Development-based Maternal Training Package). Methods: The subjects consisted of 78 mothers and their 78 preschool children, divided into 2 equal groups. A non-equivalent control group design was used. A range of measures were taken before ...


The Professional Expectations And Experiences Of Australian Postgraduate Research Students In Engineering Fields, Karen Adams, Anthony Zander, Gerald Mullins Jan 2006

The Professional Expectations And Experiences Of Australian Postgraduate Research Students In Engineering Fields, Karen Adams, Anthony Zander, Gerald Mullins

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This paper presents the findings of an investigation into the beliefs and expectations about their professional socialisation of postgraduate research students, at Masters and PhD level, in two Engineering schools in an Australian university. This study is part of a larger research project exploring the views of Engineering postgraduate research candidates, engineering academics, recently employed postgraduate qualified engineers and employers of postgraduate research trained engineers.